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" A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition. "
" Effort and result are never simultaneous. In art, only the result counts. "
" The man who spends all his time looking up to heaven is not always the best; in fact, he is usually the worst. "
" Even if you're not going anywhere, don't get in the way. "
" In French literature, you can choose a la carte; in Spanish literature, there is only the set meal. "
" A piece of advice always contains an implicit threat, just as a threat always contains an implicit piece of advice. "
" There are those who dance to the rhythm that is played to them, those who only dance to their own rhythm, and those who don't dance at all. "
" Art is good but it isn't the best. "
" To be thirsty and to drink water is the perfection of sensuality rarely achieved. Sometimes you drink water; other times you are thirsty. "
" Man is a question; woman is an answer. The mistake women make today is to offer themselves as answers before being questioned. "
" To be ready to fail is to be prepared for success. "
" A German immersed in any civilization different from his own loses a weight equivalent in volume to the amount of intelligence he displaces. "
" Drinking spirits cannot cause spiritual damage. "
" Theology is the logic of the Devil. "
" To light one candle to God and another to the Devil is the principle of wisdom. "
" Only one thing has to matter for everything to matter. "
" To sin offers repentance and forgiveness; not to sin offers only punishment. "
" Sensuality without love is a sin; love without sensuality is worse than a sin. "
" The first condition for making music is not to make a noise. "
" We say of an animal that it is intelligent, and we say the same thing of a woman; but in neither case is it usually appropriate, clearly for very different reasons. "
" A woman who does not become the slave of just one man becomes the slave of all men. "
" There are no good or bad habits. All habits are, by definition, bad. "
" Pride in a man is confused with dignity; in a woman, with self-love. "
" The novel is born of disillusionment; the poem, of despair. "
" The quality of a man's mind can generally be judged by the size of his wastepaper basket. "
" Better than succeeding little by little is failing at one go. "
" The most original sin is not the thinker's but the poet's. "
" When you are listening to music it is better to cover your eyes than your ears. "
" If you really believe music is dangerous, you should let it go in one ear and out the other. "
" You can say the opposite of something you've said but you can't do the opposite of something you've done. "
" True art tries not to attract attention in order to be noticed. "